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Engineering Skills Development

This is a CPD tool designed for teachers but some elements might also be suitable for some students to use. It explores a basic understanding of what engineering thinking is and how it links to design thinking.

The resource is broken down into:

  • engineering skills
  • disruptive innovation
  • engineering skills development (linking to key engineering developments in history)
  • simple design exercises.

Each section examines an element of engineering attempting to define it and outline any key skills or key points. Reflective thinking tasks are provided along with useful web links for further investigation. The design activities include using the free product designer software tool at to create a systems diagram of the USS Iowa battleship. This tool supports the development of ‘top down’ thinking using systems engineering and modular design skills that engineers use to design complex products such as aircraft, trains and spacecraft. 

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